2021 Fall Conference

Saturday, October, 16, 2021

Calvin University

MSGC Fall Conference

This conference is an opportunity for individuals from academia, industry, and the local community to share their experience in areas related to NASA strategic interests.  It is also a forum where MSGC Fellowship recipients can present the results of their research and where MSGC Educational Program award winners can share about the impact of their efforts.  The conference is free to all, but registration is required for planning purposes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Make sure to read and review the MSGC Meeting Code of Conduct.

2021 Fall Conference Location

Prince Conference Center
Calvin University
1800 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

 We will be live-streaming the Keynote & Oral Presentations from the Conference. We cannot accommodate Virtual Presentations at the Conference. If you are unable to attend in person, you may record your presentation ahead of time. The video will be posted on the MSGC website and YouTube channel.

 

2021 Fall Conference Deadline Schedule

Wednesday September 1, 2021 Registration opens for Conference
Friday September 17, 2021 Registration Deadline
Friday September 24, 2021 Oral Presenters Notified
Friday October 1, 2021 Video Presentations Due
Friday October 8, 2021 Video Presentations Added to Website/YouTube
Wednesday October 13, 2021 PowerPoint Presentations Due
(for Oral Presenters)
Saturday October 16, 2021 2021 MSGC Fall Conference

 

Materials

2021 Fall Conference Program (Coming Soon!)

Conference Agenda (Coming Soon!)

 

Save the Date: 2022 MSGC Fall Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 22, 2022!

 

Call for Abstracts/Presentations

Abstracts (not to exceed 150 words) were solicited for oral and poster presentations that detail efforts in MSGC programs as well as non-MSGC-supported but related activities. Individuals planning to make a presentation at the conference should submit an abstract at the time of registration. We will be live-streaming the Keynote & Oral Presentations from the Conference. We cannot accommodate Virtual Presentations at the Conference. If you are unable to attend in person, you may record your presentation ahead of time. The video will be posted on the MSGC website and YouTube channel. On the registration form, note preference for oral or poster presentation.  All information for the presentation – title, authors, institution, address, and abstract – are entered directly into the registration form. Oral presentations are not guaranteed due to limited space.

Ideally most presenters at the conference will be MSGC award recipients from the 2021-2022 academic year and those from 2020-2021 who have not yet had a chance to present their work.

If presenters request to give a talk, they will be informed by September 24, 2021 whether or not that will fit into the schedule for the day or whether their presentation will need to be a poster.

Oral Presentations:

  • Talks are scheduled with 10 minutes for:
  • 6-minute talk with 3-minute Q&A
  • including transition time
  • Send PowerPoint Presentation to Katie by Wednesday October 13th with your name in filename.
  • On the day of the conference, speakers should come to the podium before their talk to double check/familiarize themselves with accessing their file.
    • Presenting in Session 1 – come to the podium during Poster Session A
    • Presenting in Session 2 – come to the podium during lunch
    • Presenting in Session 3 – come to the podium during Poster Session B
  • Room in Agenda for about 18 Presentations.
  • Optional: Record a video of your presentation ahead of the conference to be uploaded to the MSGC Website & YouTube Channel. Acceptable video uploads include: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI & .WMV. Videos Due October 1st.

 

Poster Presentations:

  • Posters should be 32 x 40 inches
  • Orientation can be formatted in either portrait or landscape
  • All posters will be assigned to a specific poster board stand. The number will be listed in the Participation Packet.
  • Stands, backing materials and push pins will be provided
  • Presenters must attend the duration of the Poster Session in which they are scheduled
  • Presenters in Poster Session A should have their posters up before 9:00am and taken down by 1:15pm.
  • Presenters in Poster Session B should put up their posters between 1:15-1:45pm.
  • Posters must be removed by 5:45pm.
  • Posters not removed by 5:45pm may be subject to damage or loss.
  • Optional: Record a 3-5 minute video of your presentation ahead of the conference to be uploaded to the MSGC Website & YouTube Channel. Acceptable video uploads include: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI & .WMV. Videos Due October 1st.

Agenda

The Program Schedule is coming soon and will be featured in the Participant Packet availbable for download. The Participant Packet also includes all abstracts for all talks and posters.  The conference attendee list is not available online.  There will be four spiral-bound copies of a complete Participant Packet, including participant list, viewable at the registration table on Saturday, October 16.

Lodging

For faculty and other guests requiring overnight accommodations, two hotels close to the Prince Confence Center at Calvin University are recommended below:

Prince Conference Center
Calvin University
1800 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

https://us01.iqwebbook.com/PCCMI865/

*Please note that the Prince Conference Center has a limited number of rooms available!

 

Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids East

2321 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
https://myumi.ch/O4vmG


Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI

3251 Deposit Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
https://myumi.ch/ZQ7Em

 

 

Student Assistance - Lodging and Transportation

If you need assistance with lodging for the Fall Conference please contact the MSGC Program Manager.

If students are interested in being provided with mileage reimbursement, they should talk with the MSGC Campus Representative on their campus and the MSGC Program Manager (mispacegrant@umich.edu) as soon as possible.  The Program Manager will be coordinating with the MSGC Campus Representatives regarding all requests of this nature.

Directions and Parking

Parking:

Parking is available in Prince Conference Center’s main lot, right in front of their building.

Directions to Prince Conference Center:

From University of Michigan:

2 hr 14 min (135 miles) via I-94 W and I-96 W

  • Get on I-94 W
  • Follow I-94 W, US-127 N and I-96 W to Cascade Rd SE in Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Eastern Michigan University:

2 hr 18 min (144 miles) via I-94 W and I-96 W

  • Get on I-94 W/US-12 W
  • Follow I-94 W, US-127 N and I-96 W to Cascade Rd SE in Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Grand Valley State University:

32 min (26.9 miles) via I-96 E

  • Follow 48th Ave to M-45 E/Lake Michigan Dr
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto M-45 E/Lake Michigan Dr
  • Get on I-96 E
  • Follow I-96 E to M-37 S/M-44 W/E Beltline Ave NEin Grand Rapids. Take exit 38 from I-96 E
  • Continue on M-37 S/M-44 W/E Beltline Ave NE to your destination

From Hope College:

48 min (38.4 miles) via I-196 E and M-6

  • Get on I-196 E in Holland Charter Township from E 16th St and Adams St
  • Follow I-196 E and M-6 to M-37 N/Broadmoor Ave SE in Caledonia Township. Take exit 15 from M-6
  • Follow Broadmoor Ave SE and M-37 N/M-44 E/E Beltline Ave SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Michigan State University:

1 hr 2 min (66.4 miles) via I-96 W

  • Get on I-496 W
  • Take I-96 W to Cascade Rd SE in Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40 from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Michigan Technological University:

8 hr (506 miles) via US-41 S

*This route has tolls.

  • Take US-41 S to M-94 E in Skandia
  • Continue to Munising Township
  • Continue on M-28 E. Take US-2 E and I-75 S to M-55 W/E Michigan 55 W in Lake Township. Take exit 194B from US-127 S
  • Get on US-131 S in Clam Lake Township
  • Follow US-131 S to M-37 S/M-44 W/E Beltline Ave NE in Grand Rapids. Take exit 38 from I-96 E/M-37 S
  • Continue on M-37 S/M-44 W/E Beltline Ave NE to your destination

From Oakland University:

2 hr 12 min (145 miles) via I-69 W and I-96 W

  • Get on I-75 N from University Dr
  • Follow I-75 N, I-69 W and I-96 W to Cascade Rd SEin Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40 from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Saginaw Valley State University:

2 hr 17 min (148 miles) via I-69 W and I-96 W

  • Get on I-75 S/US-23 S in Zilwaukee from Pierce Rd, N Michigan Rd and E Kochville Rd
  • Follow I-75 S, I-69 W and I-96 W to Cascade Rd SE in Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40 from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Wayne State University:

2 hr 19 min (151 miles) via I-96 W

  • Get on M-10 N from W Warren Ave and 3rd Ave/Anthony Wayne Dr
  • Take I-96 W to Cascade Rd SE in Grand Rapids charter Township. Take exit 40 from I-96 W
  • Take E Paris Ave SE and Burton St SE to your destination in Grand Rapids

From Western Michigan University:

59 min (56.5 miles) via US-131 N

  • Get on US-131 N in Oshtemo Township
  • Continue on US-131 N to Caledonia Township. Take exit 15 from M-6
  • Follow Broadmoor Ave SE and M-37 N/M-44 E/E Beltline Ave SE to your destination in Grand Rapids